Tango on the Thames is thrilled to welcome back two exciting young teachers, Laísa Sousa and Csongor Kicsi, who will be exploring “Milonga- complex sequences for small places with lines and turns” in their class on Sunday 7thOctober – and they will be performing for us too!
All that, and the classy musical choices of one of our favourite DJs, Hernán Brusa to dance to.
£15 Class + Milonga
£12 Milonga only
(…collected at the door).
The Shepherd Hall
St Thomas’s Hospital
Westminster Bridge Rd
How to get there?
Whack the address into Google Maps, or…
Either WESTMINSTER, cross Westminster Bridge, St Thomas’s on the right-hand side
…OR WATERLOO, Walk south-west on York Rd towards Chicheley St, Turn left onto Forum Magnum Square, Turn right onto York Rd, Turn left onto Westminster Bridge Rd/A302
There is pay car park at St Thomas’s Hospital, which you approach from the south.
Laísa trained as a professional dancer from 2003, working with Brazilian Social Dances in Brazil. In 2008, deciding to specialize in Argentine Tango, she moved to Buenos Aires where she earned a degree in the National University of Arts, (UNA) for Folklore with special mention in Tango and where she performed in the show “Si no te amase” directed by Junior Cervila ; in “Voz Tango” of Verónica Salmeron, for “Salsamba” with which she relocated to Macao for 6 months; in “The Piazzolla Tango Show” also in Buenos Aires and in the show “Latidos” by Leticia Fallacara. She has worked as a performer and Tango Instructor for the MSC Orquestra. In 2013, she was a finalist in the Metropolitan Tango Championship in Buenos Aires in 3 categories: milongueros del Mundo; Vals; and Milonga. And in 2017 she and her dance partner Ariel Manzanares, won the 11th place in the Mundial Championship in Buenos Aires. While pursuing her performing career for almost nine years, she has been teaching and performing tango in Europe (England, Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, Italy and Switzerland) Asia (China and India) Africa (South Africa and Mozambique) and South America (Argentina, Brazil and Colombia).
Csongor has been a dancer from the age of 4 years old, when he began with ballroom dancing. In 2010, Argentine Tango entered to his life. He fell in love with it and decided to dedicate his life and dancing career to it. Csongor has taught tango since 2011, working in France, Hungary, Bulgaria, the Republic of Moldova, Turkey, Russia, Romania, Italy and now in the UK. He has been a Tango DJ since 2013. In 2015, together with Laura Iaru, he won the “6th European Tango Salon Championship, July 2015 – Todi, Italy” – which at only 19 years old made him Europe’s youngest ever champion. In the same year he was a finalist at the World Championship in Buenos Aires.
Hernán Brusa was born in Buenos Aires, the heart of Tango. He discovered this wonderful rhythm thanks to his grandfather, who had been a ‘milonguero’ during the golden age and always listened to Carlos Di Sarli and Aníbal Troilo in his house. When he lost his dear grandfather in 1996, Hernán’s curiosity took him to a tango lesson with his sister- they started a weekly course with a disciple of the famous tango couple ‘los Dinzel’. But he only discovered his passion when he first set foot in a milonga in 1997. Since then, his feet have not left the dance floor anymore. He studied with many famous tango masters- with Alejandra Mantiñán, and Gabriel Angió & Natalia Games being the ones who shaped his style. He has been teaching since 2002 in various cities in Argentina, America, Europe and Asia. From 2003 to 2008, he dedicated himself to stage tango, performing every evening in the shows of Buenos Aires. In 2009, he lived in Tokyo to work in a Tango school there. In 2010 he decided to take a break from tango as a career. Returning from Japan, he felt that something in his tango was not the way he wanted it and that his dance had not matured enough. He took on a “normal” job, continued to take private classes with his masters just for pleasure, and danced in the milongas almost every night until dawn for 4 years. Until he found his style. In September 2014 he went to live in Europe, where he returned to tango as a profession, dedicating himself mainly to teaching Tango Salón. He has brought Argentine tango to Italy, the UK, Belgium, Spain, Denmark, Israel, Turkey, Portugal and Switzerland, transmitting the style of the Buenos Aires milongas and the passion that has been in his blood for 2 generations. Tango for Hernan is not just a profession, it is a way of living, a way of expressing himself by embracing someone and breathing together, of getting lost on the dance floor to the rhythm of an orchestra whilst time stops. In tango he has discovered a fabulous way to be happy.